TODAY | May 17, 2013
>>> amy copeland, the georgia woman who baird survived a rare flesh eating bacteria last year. nbc's gabe gutierrez explains she's hit a milestone in her recovery.
>> reporter: for amy copeland, li life is about to change again.
>> sometimes i wake up and i'm like oh my gosh this is my life? this is crazy.
>> reporter: that life attracted international attention, a zip line accident where she contracted a flesh eating bacteria , the amazing recovery after losing her hands and feet . what's been the biggest difference?
>> well before i was a very, very active person. so that's probably the biggest difference is my activity level.
>> reporter: but now a year later, her journey has brought her here, touch bionics here columbus, ohio.
>> are you ready?
>> yeah, i'm so excited. it looks great.
>> reporter: amy 's being fitted for these prosthetic hands, the first woman ever to use the state-of-the-art models on both arms.
>> almost like a muscle memory with these things. you got to find that sweet spot and be able to just pick things up naturally and that will come with time.
>> reporter: until then she's relearning old skills.
>> the first time you close it's just going to lock these fingers and your thumb around that.
>> reporter: after just a few days with her new hands, amy is already writing her name.
>> i love it.
>> reporter: styling her hair.
>> yeah! works. nice.
>> reporter: and putting on jewelry.
>> all right. successful after some help.
>> reporter: it's not always easy.
>> whoops. one in.
>> reporter: but success comes with practice.
>> reporter: things like a handshake become familiar once again. very good, don't squeeze too hard.
>> there are some things she's done in one or two days that take others a year.
>> reporter: she controls it on an ipad.
>> you can toggle between 24 different grip modes.
>> reporter: the bionic hands are normally $100,000 apiece, amy will serve as a spokesperson for the company so she's getting them for free.
>> i'm really looking forward to cooking with these and cleaning my house, i'm sort of ocd so seems a weird thing to want to do but i really want to clean.
>> reporter: this month she's finishing her masters degree in psychology and after that she plans to start on a second master's degree in social work .
>> honestly i look at pictures of how i was before and feel almost disconnected from that person so in a way it almost feels like i died a year ago and i was reborn as someone different.
>> reporter: a new perspective in good hands. for "today," gabe gutierrez, nbc news, ohio.